December 2012



Seeking prayerful support for 3-11 survivors

The community of Good Samaritan Sisters in Japan is encouraging all people of good will to unite with them in January for a special week of solidarity and prayer for the survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake.


Would Jesus recognise the Holy Land?

Good Samaritan Sister, Veronica Quinn, returned from the Holy Land in late 2012 with a new perspective on the region after living and studying in Jerusalem.

Musings of a Leader


We need to ritualise our lament

As well as a Royal Commission to attend to criminal matters, I believe that we Catholics need to ritualise our lament as the Prophets of the Old Testament lamented, writes Clare Condon SGS.



A few good films for the mind and spirit

In our last edition for 2012, “The Good Oil” invited some of our regular writers and readers to nominate a film they particularly enjoyed and would recommend to others for viewing.



Listening is crucial

These are painful times to be a Catholic, but they can also be an occasion for us all to look to Jesus and to know that “the truth will set us free”, writes Pat Power.



Giving people choices

If Good Samaritan Sister, Meg Kahler, could invite any five guests to dinner, she’d choose Aung San Suu Kyi, Scholastica Gibbons, Roger Federer, Genghis Khan and Billy Connolly.

Faith in the Ordinary


Technology and the Christmas story

From the idyllic scenes depicted in “Away in a Manger” and “Silent Night”, twenty-first century technology has deleted the manger, the shepherds, the angels, the star, the kings and their gifts, writes Monica Dutton.

Being Just Neighbours


Violence against women is unacceptable

What was it about Jill Meagher that touched so many of us? The outpouring of emotion was genuine and intense. But why don’t we see similar displays for all female victims of violence, asks Shannon Smith.

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